Follow me:

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Race Report

What a crazy day! I still can’t believe that the Mountains to Beach Marathon went so perfectly and am in shock! Let’s begin with pre-race activities. I spent the day before the race at CIF Finals for our Track team where we had a few athletes running. I tried to stay sitting for the most part except when cheering :) Unfortunately, our season ended there. I drove up to Ventura to meet up with Mary Kate. I was spending the night with her before the race and she was nice enough to pick up my bib for me while I was coaching.

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Race RecapOnce I doubled checked that I brought everything I needed, we walked around Target for a bit and then went to Yard House for dinner where I had a beer sampler, as I did before the Santa Clarita Marathon (the last faster race I’ve run in a LONG time) and had sliders for dinner. I laid out all my clothes and was as prepared as I was going to be!

That night we went to bed at 10 pm and I knew the alarm going off at 3 am would be way too early. Of course, when it went off the first thing that went through my mind was… NOOOOOOOO!!!! But instead of letting myself get super anxious, which is what normally happens before I race, I just reminded myself to relax over and over. I took a lot of deep breaths and kept myself calm. We were dropped off at the shuttle area and loaded up on a bus to head off towards the start line. The entire time I tried to keep myself calm. God made the weather absolutely perfect and gave us a great day to run, which I took full advantage of. We did a quick portapotty stop and then sat down under a little overhang for about half an hour until they said ’10 minutes to the start’ over the loudspeaker. I felt my anxiety level rising but I just reminded myself to calm down and not to think about it. Finally, we were off!

Mountains to Beach Marathon Race Recap - The Starting LineI thought that this could be a good race to see where I was at because I was toying with the idea of planning on trying to qualify for Boston at Long Beach in October {See that post here}. I knew I would have more time to train for Long Beach, it’s one of my favorite races, and I would be running faster with a whole summer of running with the cross country team I coach under my belt. I had thought that maybe I would qualify at Mountains 2 Beach, but I just didn’t feel totally prepared. I told myself to push as hard as I could, for as long as I could and that was my goal and I really imagined myself finishing around 3:45. We started two minutes behind the faster pack and the first mile was an out and back, so it was fun to see the leaders and pace groups in front of us. Over and over I told myself that I could run fast, I needed to breathe and to just keep running hard. I listen to Pandora when I run and I was nervous what the first few songs would be, because they are usually in a good pattern or bad pattern. The day kicked off with I’m the Man, which I love, and the next song was Turn Down for What and from there I knew it was going to be a great day music wise.

Mountains to Beach Marathon Elevation Chart and Race Recap

Mountains to Beach Marathon Race Recap and Boston Qualifying Marathon

Every time the mile splits came through my headphones, I was happy with how things were going. And, my stomach was cooperating, which is rare for me! The first 9 miles were a loop and at mile 6 and 7 we ran up the only big ‘uphill’ that the course had. It was a pretty long uphill but I just put my head down and ran. At mile 6, I ate a piece of my Bonk Breaker Bar and a Hi-Chew. I somehow turned off my watch at mile 6, but turned it back on when we passed mile 8, so it was off by two miles, but I mainly just used it to see what pace I was running. The elevation chart was pretty true to the website and the downhill was awesome and very gradual so it didn’t hurt my knees. I took water at mile 6, because I got worried that I hadn’t had anything to drink yet. I kept catching up to different pace groups and was surprised that I kept passing so many of them.

At mile 8, I caught up to the 3:35 pace group. I had my eyes on the little sign the pacer was carrying for a while and when I caught them rather easily, I was worried I was going to explode at the half marathon point. I just reminded myself to relax and just run my race. I pretty quickly passed the group after asking the pacer if he was FOR SURE going to get to the finish in under 3:35 and made him promise. I kept moving forward and I got into a groove and things just clicked. My Pandora was playing great music and I didn’t have to skip any songs. I reminded myself that every step was one closer to the finish. The miles were blurring together and that is always a great sign. I took another piece of bonk breaker bar, 2 salt pills and another hi-chew at mile 12. I also grabbed some water at mile 10 and again at mile 12.

I knew if I hit the 13 mile marker at 1:44, I was well ahead of schedule so I was shocked when I hit it at 1:40, which apparently pumped me up to run Mile 14 at 7:17. My half PR is 1:46, so I was surprised I was consistently running fast splits. I thought about my training and got a little nervous because on all my training runs, I had stop lights that I would stop at, catch my breath, or I’d go into Taco Bell and get a water, stop and go to the bathroom, there would just be a lot of stops… which made me start to wonder if I could keep going without stopping, but I just told myself that I was strong and I could do this. I repeated Philippians 4:13 in my head about a million times.

Around mile 15 I caught up to and passed the 3:30 pace group, which made me really nervous. I talked with the pacer for a bit and he told me this was the fastest course he’s ever run and everyone told me that I looked great. There weren’t many spectators out along the course, but the ones I did see were supportive and refreshing to see. I tried talking to a few people, but most were not interested. The scenery around was really great. Very green, lots of trees and a very nice bike path to run along. It wasn’t too crowded either. After mile 8 it seemed that all the runners were spread out. I saw a ton of signs about Boston and people wearing Boston clothes and it kind of clicked with me. I started to believe it could happen, I could qualify here! Every time I thought about it I almost started to get choked up so I tried not to think about it. After Mile 14, I continued to be more consistent in the mid 7’s and then at mile 17 I took one last piece of bonk bar and tried to eat another hi-chew, which I unfortunately almost choked on and spit out. No more hi-chews for a while…

Mountains to Beach Marathon Race RecapMile 19 was when the wheels started to slowly fall off, as you can see in the graphic display of the ‘hitting the wall’ above. At least it was a gradual explosion instead of an all of a sudden one! I started to feel tired and my toes were really starting to hurt. I knew I had to get to mile 20 and then I only had 2 5Ks left to run. I kept thinking about the time I was ‘ahead’ of a possible BQ and started to get excited. I just had to struggle through the last 6 miles! I tried my hardest to keep running as fast as I could, but my feet were really hurting and my right quad was really tight. I told myself I couldn’t stop, I just needed to keep moving forward with a fast walk, then run, then fast walk, then run. Every single inspirational quote on Pinterest was probably repeated in my head during these last few miles. I thought a lot about the team I coach and I pictured them lined up along the course yelling for me just like how I yell at them during the race. I thought about how exciting it would be to PR and even qualify for Boston, when I wasn’t even thinking that was a real possibility before starting this race. I thought about how I would regret if I finished in 3:36 or 3:38, knowing that I was SO close and would analyze on how if I didn’t walk, or if I didn’t stop for that short moment.

Miles 22 – 24 were ROUGH. This is where I told myself BE TOUGH, Danica. You’re going to have to push if you want this. Mile 23 was right by the finish line and then it was a long out and back to the finish line. I saw MK’s boyfriend and he told me to Be Tough just like I told him to yell at me and I just tried to keep running. Right after I passed Mile 23, the 3:30 pace group caught up to me and I thought oh no… this isn’t happening now! My legs were sore, my feet hurt and I felt like I was running on fumes. The out part of the run seemed SO far away from the finish line. I kept looking over my shoulder, terrified of the 3:35 pace group swallowing me up.

Finally at mile 24.75 they caught me. I ran with them to 25 and asked them their overall time. They were 2 minutes ahead of 3:35 pace and had started 2 and a half minutes before me, So I had a 4 and a half minute cushion behind them to finish under 3:35. I ran with them for about 2 minutes but I couldn’t keep up with them and they slowly kept getting farther and farther away. It was hard watching them go, but I just kept pushing myself and knew I was on track if I just finished strong. FINALLY, the finish line was in view and I saw the crowds. I realized I was going to not only PR but I was going to make it! I was going to qualify for Boston! I started tearing up and then almost hyperventilated, so I took a few deep breaths to calm myself back down. I texted B, who unfortunately had to work, that I was going to qualify! Then got really nervous that I wasn’t going to make it and I had just jinxed myself so I really gave it everything I had that last .2. As soon as I crossed the finish line, I felt tears streaming down my cheeks and my throat closing up and I reminded myself to breathe. I was screaming and so excited, even the announcer said, “Whoa! That girl has way too much energy, go run another lap!” I saw MK’s BF and gave him a huge High 5 and said, “I did it!” I also saw the 3:35 pacer and he gave me a huge high 5 and I told him thank you. He said that I looked great the entire time and he was glad he could help. I couldn’t believe it! I finally had a race that was like Long Beach, over 4 years ago. I pushed myself and did something I never thought I was ready to do!

Mountains to Beach Marathon - Boston Qualifying Race Recap

Mountains to Beach Marathon Race RecapIt was also extra special because Mary Kate PR’ed by 13 minutes and finally broke 4 hours too! We waited for her at the finish and yelled so loud for her! It was so great to be able to have her there and to both be so excited for each other. Could you ask for a better finish line than on the beach? It was so pretty and the weather was perfect the entire time. We wanted to go in the ocean for our ice bath, but it was really rocky and I knew getting back up would be really hard for my messed up feet.

Mountains to Beach Marathon Finish LineMy last PR was 3:55:57 and from October 2009. I haven’t come anywhere close to that time in over 4 years! I’m proud to say my new official PR is: Mountains to Beach Marathon Race RecapApparently, I really like ending my run in 57 seconds. To everyone who commented on my twitter, facebook and instagram with such encouraging words and congratulations this weekend, I truly appreciate it. I read them all again this morning and they are all so kind and mean so much to me. As I was driving home after the race, I cried because I was so happy with this unexpected surprise.

I can’t believe my first BIG marathon is going to be the BOSTON MARATHON because I actually qualified for it!!!!


P.S. In case you’re wondering, Here is the training plan I used for Mountains 2 Beach

Previous Post Next Post

You may also like


  • Reply mac cleaner doctor

    Article writing is also a excitement, if you be familiar with after that you can write if not it is difficult to write.

    August 8, 2018 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply advanced mac cleaner serial number

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with some pics to drive
    the message home a bit, but other than that, this is
    fantastic blog. A fantastic read. I will certainly be back.

    August 8, 2018 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply advanced mac cleaner process name

    Fastidious respond in return of this matter with real arguments and telling all on the topic of

    August 8, 2018 at 4:09 pm
  • Reply ituqq

    I’m gone to convey my little brother, that he should also pay a visit this website on regular basis to obtain updated from hottest

    August 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply bladder gif

    If you are going for finest contents like me, only visit this website everyday for the reason that it gives quality contents, thanks

    August 8, 2018 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply mac cleaner os 10.6.8

    What’s up to every body, it’s my first pay a quick visit of this website; this website includes awesome and really good stuff in support of visitors.

    August 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply bladder infection baking soda

    Today, I went to the beach with my children. I
    found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell
    to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and
    it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

    August 8, 2018 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply blackhead eliminating cleanser mask neutrogena review

    What’s Taking place i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It positively
    helpful and it has aided me out loads. I am hoping to give a
    contribution & assist different users like its aided me.
    Great job.

    August 8, 2018 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply bladder infection for men

    Hi, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments?
    If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any help is very much appreciated.

    August 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply mac adware cleaner virus removal

    I just like the valuable information you supply
    in your articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and check once more right here
    frequently. I’m quite certain I’ll be informed many
    new stuff proper right here! Best of luck for the next!

    August 8, 2018 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply blackhead clearing scrub equate beauty

    Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Superb choice of colors!

    August 8, 2018 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply biore warming anti-blackhead cleanser uk

    Thanks , I have just been searching for info about this topic for ages and yours is the best I’ve discovered so far.
    But, what about the bottom line? Are you certain in regards to the supply?

    August 8, 2018 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply westonkoury

    Quality content is the crucial to be a focus for the viewers to go to see the
    website, that’s what this web page is providing.

    August 8, 2018 at 7:35 pm
  • Reply bigger buttocks fast

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and
    was wondering what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100% sure. Any
    tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    August 8, 2018 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply bladder infection emotional meaning

    Thanks , I’ve just been searching for info approximately this topic for a long time
    and yours is the best I have discovered so far. However, what concerning the bottom line?
    Are you positive in regards to the supply?

    August 8, 2018 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Walker

    Very good information. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have bookmarked it for later!

    August 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply mac ads cleaner how to delete

    Thank you for some other magnificent article.
    Where else may anyone get that type of info in such
    a perfect way of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I’m
    at the search for such info.

    August 8, 2018 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply mac cleaner p30download

    I like reading through an article that can make people
    think. Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

    August 8, 2018 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply bladder vs kidney infection

    I visited several web pages except the audio quality for audio songs current at this
    web page is really superb.

    August 8, 2018 at 11:07 pm
  • Reply to catch a cheater gym instructor

    This paragraph will assist the internet people for setting up new web site or even a blog
    from start to end.

    August 8, 2018 at 11:34 pm
  • Reply blood pressure cuff accessories

    fantastic points altogether, you just gained a emblem
    new reader. What could you suggest about your put up that you just made a few days ago?
    Any positive?

    August 8, 2018 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply grow your beard oil

    Hi fantastic website! Does running a blog like this
    take a large amount of work? I’ve very little expertise in coding however I had been hoping
    to start my own blog soon. Anyway, should you have any ideas or
    techniques for new blog owners please share. I know this is off topic however
    I just needed to ask. Many thanks!

    August 8, 2018 at 11:54 pm
  • Reply mac lipstick cleaner

    Great post however , I was wanting to know if
    you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d
    be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.

    August 9, 2018 at 12:04 am
  • Reply gaining weight

    Hi! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate
    a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and
    I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

    August 9, 2018 at 12:16 am
  • Reply 온라인카지노사이트

    It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this fantastic blog!
    I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your
    RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will talk about this website with my Facebook group.
    Talk soon!

    August 9, 2018 at 12:35 am
  • Reply mac cleaner problems

    This paragraph will help the internet people for setting up new website or even a blog from start to end.

    August 9, 2018 at 1:00 am
  • Reply beard growth oil name

    I got this web site from my buddy who shared with me on the topic of this web
    page and now this time I am browsing this site
    and reading very informative posts at this place.

    August 9, 2018 at 1:16 am
  • Reply blood pressure zones

    Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site thus i came to “return the favor”.I am attempting to find things to
    improve my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

    August 9, 2018 at 1:26 am
  • Reply remove advanced mac cleaner el capitan

    Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend
    your web site, how could i subscribe for a blog site?

    The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted
    of this your broadcast provided bright clear concept

    August 9, 2018 at 1:36 am
  • Reply mac adware cleaner virus

    Thanks for finally writing about >Chic Runner – Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Race Report <Loved it!

    August 9, 2018 at 1:53 am
  • Reply mac cleaner by apple

    I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it
    up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back
    later on. Many thanks

    August 9, 2018 at 2:26 am
  • Reply RGOpoker

    Hello, of course this article is really nice and I have learned lot of things from it regarding blogging.

    August 9, 2018 at 3:03 am
  • Reply Cara Daftar Id S128

    A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I think that you ought
    to publish more about this subject matter, it may not be a taboo matter
    but usually people don’t speak about such subjects. To the next!
    Best wishes!!

    August 9, 2018 at 3:28 am
  • Reply mac cleaner online

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who was doing a little homework on this.
    And he in fact ordered me breakfast simply because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this issue here on your web

    August 9, 2018 at 4:42 am
  • Reply fitness techniques

    Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo
    News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get
    there! Appreciate it

    August 9, 2018 at 6:00 am
  • Reply mac cleaner jak usunąć

    Hi there everyone, it’s my first pay a visit at this web page,
    and paragraph is actually fruitful designed for me, keep up posting these
    types of articles or reviews.

    August 9, 2018 at 6:24 am
  • Reply grow beard trim

    Hi are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to
    the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own.
    Do you require any html coding expertise to make your
    own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    August 9, 2018 at 6:38 am
  • Reply blackhead clearing face wash

    This is my first time visit at here and i am truly happy to read all at one place.

    August 9, 2018 at 6:41 am
  • Reply mac brush cleanser vs cinema secrets

    Hey very nice blog!

    August 9, 2018 at 7:17 am
  • Reply Salvatore

    I enjoy looking through an article that can make people think.
    Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment!

    August 9, 2018 at 7:19 am
  • Reply make beard hair grow straight

    I pay a quick visit every day a few websites and sites to read articles or reviews, however this blog gives quality based

    August 9, 2018 at 8:04 am
  • Reply workout for a bigger butt

    I’m gone to convey my little brother, that he should also visit this
    blog on regular basis to take updated from most recent news update.

    August 9, 2018 at 8:05 am
  • Reply do beard grow products work

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post
    was great. I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already
    ;) Cheers!

    August 9, 2018 at 8:38 am
  • Reply mac window cleaning blackpool

    My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was entirely
    right. This post truly made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

    August 9, 2018 at 9:14 am
  • Reply

    Thanks for finally writing about >Chic Runner – Mountains 2 Beach Marathon Race Report <Loved it!

    August 9, 2018 at 9:40 am
  • Reply mac cleaner safari

    Quality articles is the key to invite the visitors to pay a quick visit the
    web site, that’s what this website is providing.

    August 9, 2018 at 9:57 am
  • Reply ร่มกันแดดกันร้อนรถยนต์ ไม่ง้อโรงจอดรถ Thai Carmania

    I’m not sure exactly why but this site is loading very slow for
    me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue
    on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the
    problem still exists.

    August 9, 2018 at 10:33 am
  • Reply blood pressure cuff troubleshooting

    Pretty component to content. I simply stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to say that I get in fact
    loved account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your
    augment or even I fulfillment you get right of entry to persistently rapidly.

    August 9, 2018 at 10:57 am
  • Reply grow beard bald spots

    I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well
    as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a
    paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality
    writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one these days.

    August 9, 2018 at 11:02 am
  • Reply mac os cleaner virus

    What’s up to every one, it’s actually a good for me to go to see this web site, it includes priceless Information.

    August 9, 2018 at 11:05 am
  • 1 31 32 33 34 35 45

    Leave a Reply